|30 Day Drawing Challenge Day 21- Shadows/Color
A couple of days ago we explored the values and form of shadows by drawing a 3-D cube. Value or light and shadow is definitely the key to making a cube look 3-D. However, for me the beauty of imagery is often found in the exploration of color! I love color!
Shadows have COLOR. We may think of them as gray, but as artists, we need to see what others may not see and appreciate the fact that color lives in those shadows! This is a phenomenon that is attributable to bouncing light. As light hits, it bounces and carries with it the inherent color of the object reflecting the light into the shadow. This means that there is an exchange of color between surrounding objects which can be found in the shadows. Check out these photos as examples:
|Do you see the green color being bounced into the form shadow of the pear? The green of the surface turns this red pomegranate almost black as the colors mix to form a neutral dark (red+green=black or gray).|
Do you see that this house has different color shadows in relation to the surrounding surfaces? The reverse would be true if the surface was white and the house had color.
Pen (permanent marker) +watercolor, pencil+water-soluble markers, or colored pencils could all work for this exercise.
Objects to draw
Step 1: Do a contour drawing of an object(s) from life with a pen. No photos today, practice drawing something in front of you. Make it a contour drawing, but with this special instruction: leave some gaps in the contour. Don’t enclose the outside entirely with lines. As you explore some of the edges and follow them in from the outside edge, don’t worry about sealing that edge up with a line. Let it breathe here and there! Open edges will be helpful in creating some color exchange between our objects and their shadows.
Step 2: Bring color to your drawing and think about showing the following:
Have fun with this drawing and use it as an opportunity for incidental color…colors which may or may not be there, but which you take the liberty of injecting. You’re the artist, so add your personal touch!
Congratulations on being more than ⅔ of the way to the finish line in our 30 Day Drawing Challenge! Those of you who have been participating can look forward to a real sense of accomplishment and progress at the end of your 30 days. I’m so excited for you!
Examples of drawings of cubes from our previous challenge on Day 18 of the 30 Day Drawing Challenge
In case you want to learn this process here is a link http://www.artmyrtlebeach.com/2015/05/30-day-drawing-challenge-day-18-draw.html
I’m looking ahead to later this week. I will be breaking out my Tombow marker in burnt sienna color -947 for a sketch or two during the final couple of weeks of this challenge. If you would like to get one, it’s around $5-6. Here is a link: Tombow 947 Marker- Amazon
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